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Man loses leg in motorcycle accident

Although the winter weather might prevent some vehicles from being used, West Virginia residents still witness some locals riding their motorcycles on the roadways. A motorcycle accident can be very tragic and traumatic. A person in a bike or motorcycle accident can be tossed forward off the vehicle and suffer major injuries. Although it is important to wear a safety helmet while riding on a motorcycle, not all injuries can be prevented by this safety measure. In addition to injuries, a motorcycle can sustain major damage due to the impact of a much larger vehicle.

An accident involving a motorcycle and an automobile occurred on Oakwood drive near Route 119. It was presumed by the responding authorities that the car failed to yield and struck the motorcycle when it turned in front of the biker. The collision between the two vehicles caused the biker to be thrown from his motorcycle. It was indicated that when the biker was thrown, he hit his leg. The trauma to his leg was so severe that emergency crews had to amputate it on the scene. He was then transported to the hospital for emergency surgery.

Police are still investigating the incident and the driver of the car was cited for failure to yield. A person injured in an accident like this might have a personal injury claim. Expenses such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering could be covered by the compensation awarded from the suit.

Motorcycles are not only smaller in size, but during the winter months, not all drivers are aware that they are still frequently used on the road. It is important that drivers are aware of their surroundings.

Source:, "Man recovering at CAMC after losing leg in motorcycle accident," Lisa Robbins, Jan. 5, 2013.

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